Monday, July 20, 2009

Hidden Talents

Today I discovered my oldest three children can cry on command. On command as in sign them up to star in the next movie based on a Nicholas Sparks book. I found this out in the car on the way to the bank to get my Jury Duty excuse notarized. Alex suddenly announced, "I can make myself cry. I'll just think of the saddest thing in the world."

Me: "Oooo-kay. What's the saddest thing in the world?"

Alex: "Dead puppies."

Me: "Oooo-kay."

She bowed her head for a minute and then, her voice all shaky, says, "See?" Sure enough. Tears streaming down her little cheeks. I was a little stunned and said so.

Then: "We can do it too," say two voices from the way back.

Me: "Yeah, right!"

Alex: "No, Mom, it's true. Jacob's the one who did it first."

So I look in the rearview mirror and there is Jacob staring back at me with big tears welling up in his blue eyes. Michael's tears were hidden behind his glasses, which I requested he remove so I could be witness to this very unusual phenomenon.

Unfortunately, the three of them refuse to allow me to photograph this special talent, so there is just my word. But, really, it's quite amazing.

Lord, please wash the stars out of their eyes with their fake tears because I don't dream Hollywood when I see their futures. Please?

7 comments:

Arby said...

General Mayhem can do this, too. It has caused him a lot of trouble, as it is very hard for us to trust him when he claims to be sad. The boy cried wolf one too many times.

Courtney said...

So funny! My children would say that your children would qualify to be "professional mourners" from when we studied Ancient history a few years ago.

Anne said...

My goodness, I can't believe you have not one, not two, but three who have such a unique talent. Where in the world do they get it?

CrossView said...

I'm with ya! NO to Hollywood! LOL!

Do they use their special gift on you?

Tisha S said...

I would now have to think back to any teary times and wonder...

BTW - I meant to tell you, New Law Excuses Homeschoolers From Jury Duty in Georgia. http://www.hslda.org/hs/state/ga/200604280.asp

LoriM said...

That's hilarious....

Joel & Elin Bubna said...

Katy, The girls and I just laughed and laughed about this!!!! I think they agree with Alex about the saddest thing in the world :(